Sunday, January 6
All New Students
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Housing and Food Services Office
Student Community Center (SCC)
If arriving outside of scheduled move-in times and the Housing and Food Services Office is closed, contact University Police or Residence Life for assistance.
Spring Semester classes begin on Monday, January 7, 2019.
What to bring to check-in:
- Penn State id+ Card or other photo ID
- Yourself (you may not send a friend or family member to check-in for you)
- Members of your family may unload your vehicle while you check in.
- Please move your vehicle to a designated parking lot as soon as it is unloaded.
Your To Do List
What To Pack
Learn what to bring and what to leave behind.
Pack light when you come for Arrival! Don't bring all your belongings on your first trip to campus. Use our What to Pack list as your guide. You may want to wait to see how much storage space you have and then plan on bringing additional items at another time.
Roommate and Room Assignment
Get to know your roommate.
Once room assignments are available, log on to eLiving to see where you are living. Contact your new roommate and try to talk several times before move-in day. Share academic plans, common interests, and what each of you will contribute to your room's set-up.
Penn State id+ Card
Load it with LionCash.
Remember to bring your Penn State id+Card with you for check-in. Add LionCash funds before you leave home.
Upload your records.
All incoming students must submit immunization records prior to arrival on campus. Visit University Health Services to upload your records.
Setup Your Devices
University housing offers access to the Penn State Network. Visit Getting Connected to learn how you can get your devices registered before arrival.
What to Pack
What to Leave Behind
Please refer to your HFS Contract Terms, Conditions, and Regulations for more detailed information.
What's In Your Room
University housing offers the basic amenities you need to be comfortable and organized in your new home!
Then comes the fun part: making it your own.
^Posters and photos must be hung with plastic tack.
+ Alcohol is prohibited on campus, regardless of the resident's age
* Smoking is prohibited in all residence halls, common areas, and dining facilities.
** one per room
Beyond the checking in and moving into your home away from home, you'll find plenty of on-campus activities as well as areas to explore or grab a tasty bite.
Refer to the following links for What to Do, Where to Eat and Where to Stay as you prepare for Arrival.
What to Do
Engage in the activities.
Events and activities help you get to know staff members and allow you to meet your neighbors. Look for flyers in your residence area for a list of activities and events, and their times.
It's no secret that the transition from living at home to living on campus is fairly monumental.
The following resources are provided to kick start your on-campus experience with the right information.
Academic advising is a key to your success at Penn State. Visit Academic Advising for more details regarding advising as well as information about the advising portal, StarFish and the student information system, LionPATH.
Learn about your room, living on campus, contract details, medical accommodations, room and board rates, and more by visiting gacampusliving.psu.edu .
Job opportunities provide more than a paycheck, they provide vital networking and professional experience that will enrich your time on campus. Take the time to discover some of the exciting places to work on campus.
Residence Life provides students with a safe, comfortable, secure and nurturing living-learning environment that is conducive to students' academic pursuits and personal growth while fostering a sense of community, civic responsibility and an appreciation of diversity.
Vibrant is one way to describe student life at Penn State. Discover clubs, organizations, support towards your academic goals, and more about Student Life.
Read the Newspaper
The Newspaper Readership Program is provided to enhance your living and learning experience. The local paper (Pittsburgh Post Gazette) and national favorites (USA Today and The New York Times) are available free of charge Monday through Friday throughout campus in special newspaper machines. Your Penn State id+ Card is required to open the machine.
Housing and Food Services
Student Community Center
4050 University Drive
McKeesport, PA 15132-7698
Erin O'Malley, Associate Director of Student Affairs
210 Student Community Center
4050 University Drive
McKeesport, PA 15132